NEA Foundation: Global Learning Fellowship ProgramDeadline: February 28, 2017
The Global Learning Fellowship program will give educators an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.
Over the course of one year, Fellows are supported by the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through the following:
- Online coursework on effectively integrating global content into core instruction: NEA Foundation has partnered with VIF International Education, which had developed an online professional development platform called Participate Learning for K-12 educators across the world. This online, global platform offers professional development, lesson plans, digital achievement badging, and classroom resources with the purpose of creating opportunities for educators to learn how to integrate global content into core instruction. Global Fellows participate in this online learning platform, focusing on integrating global content into their core instruction.
- Online resource guide and webinars, comprised of country-specific concepts: Fellows are provided with access to the Fellowship’s Ning online social platform. This site contains a country-specific resource guide that has 12 pages of thematically grouped resources such as videos and articles regarding education, culture, history, government, geography, and more. The guide provides Fellows with a framework to examine the historical and cultural legacies on contemporary global societies and educational systems. In this vein, Fellows are given the agency to self-drive their global competency education and synthesize their learning. Fellows will also participate in three scheduled webinars throughout the duration of the fellowship.
- Fall professional development workshop: Fellows will participate in a workshop that includes sessions led by leaders in global competency and country-specific knowledge. The anticipated timeframe of this workshop is October 2017.
- Summer international field study: Fellow swill participate in a nine day summer international field study. The anticipated field study destination for the 2018 Global Learning Fellowship is South Africa. This trip will take place in the timeframe of late June/late July 2018. The field study will focus on the themes of global competence, education (both practice and issues of international, national, and state policy) and economics. The trip will provide Fellows with structured opportunities to observe high quality instruction and to interact with global educators, students, administrators, and policy-makers. Fellows will also have opportunities to investigate the historical and cultural significance of the destination country and engage in a service-learning project with a local community organization.
Amount: This is a fellowship award. A maximum of 50 fellows will be accepted. The NEA Foundation covers all costs for meals, lodging, travel, and professional development activities related to the fellowship. However, Global Learning Fellows are responsible for the following:
- Securing leave from school (if needed) for October 2017 workshop and late June/late July 2018 international field study
- Acquiring/updating U.S. passport
- Purchasing daily lunches for international field study (approximately $200)
- Contributing to tips for local guides and bus drivers (approximately $100 total)
Eligibility: Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers. Teachers with five or more years of classroom experience are given preference.